13 January 1999
Precision farming in the UK

Question

IN the USA, farmers find benefits from using precision agriculture. This is mainly because their fields are larger than in most of Europe, and equipment is more easily cost effective. In France, for the moment, people are not convinced of any benefits from precision farming. What is the situation like in the UK?

Response

Debbie Beaton, Crops magazine

Answer

IN the UK there is an enormous amount of interest in precision farming. Several farmers are using the technology successfully to help reduce their unit costs of production.

However it is generally agreed that the technology is still well ahead of our practical understanding. More work is needed on the practical implications of using the technology.